Christine Boyle is a recent Fulbright Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy and a doctoral candidate in University of North Carolina’s programme in environmental planning. Her research examines the relationship between fiscal policy and irrigation infrastructure management in northern China. Christine’s expertise focuses on irrigation governance, the fiscal policy of water distribution, in both urban and rural sectors, and strategies to mitigate the impacts of municipal and industrial development on local water quality. Christine has written and presented widely on China’s water policy, water resource governance, and understanding water-energy interdependence. Noted for her focus on global and local water policy issues, she received a National Academy of Science fellowship in 2005, and National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to China in 2006.